External Trainings

Check back here often, as I will be putting information about external trainings up here.

If you know of a training you think other advocates would be interested in, let me know and I will post it here.


Looking at Mental Health Care Through a Cultural Lens – 2 part series – January 19th and February 9th – 10am on both dates

The New Jersey Child Placement Advisory Council (NJ CPAC) and the National Alliance on Mental Illness of New Jersey (NAMI NJ) invite you to Looking at Mental Health Care Through a Cultural Lens.

Our two-part series will explore the cultural aspects of mental health and well-being for New Jersey children and families. You will hear from NAMI NJ professionals and people with lived experience. Panelists will share what it’s like living with various mental health conditions and the challenges of seeking treatment within the social context of their African American, Chinese American, Hispanic/Latinx and South Asian communities.

The series will begin on January 19, 2023, with the cultural factors that can determine how much support someone receives from family and community. You will be introduced to the concept of cultural humility and how it can help to facilitate important conversations with children, youth, parents, students, colleagues, friends and family.

February 9, 2023 will further expound on the influence and impact of family. We will delve into common mental health conditions, prevention strategies, warning signs that a crisis is imminent, and barriers to treatment. Part 2 will also provide information on culture-specific mental health care services and educational programs for teachers, law enforcement and affected family and friends.

Registration Information will be shared as soon as we receive it.

Human Trafficking and Special Populations – January 31 – 10am – 11am

Join M. Elizabeth Bowman, founder and executive director of the Restoring Ivy Collective in Washington, D.C., as she identifies risk factors in vulnerable populations related to sex trafficking.

Details and registration

Trauma-Informed Care for Survivors of Human Trafficking  – March 28 – 10am – 11am

Join Zozan Kucukaydin, the Anti-Human Trafficking Services Coordinator for the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, as she discusses ways to incorporate trauma-informed practices when working with human trafficking survivors.

Details and registration

CASA of NJ Training Calendar – Click here for February Calendar

Question Persuade Refer (QPR) Youth Suicide Prevention

Presented by: Dr. Michelle Pigott

QPR is a 2-hour presentation that covers the three steps anyone can learn to help prevent suicide. Just like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives. This educational program is designed to teach early career and non-mental professionals the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to respond.


 Wednesday, January 18th, 2023


Wednesday, February 15th, 2023


Wednesday March 15th, 2023


QPR-Youth – announcement Fall & Winter 2022. 2023

Policy and Practice Roundtable

These Roundtables will be held the 3rd Wednesday of every month.

We hope staff and volunteers take advantage of this offering. All are invited.

You are invited to submit topics for discussion, as CASA of NJ hopes these Roundtables provide a forum to discuss high-interest issues, ideas and problems. Please send proposed topics for future Roundtables to Lauren Carlton at lcarlton@casaofnj.org

Click here to register for any of the meetings

CASA of NJ has created CASA College

Below are the subjects, dates and times of the presentations we will be offering. You can register for any of the trainings by clicking the link below:

Click here to register for any of the trainings

January 18th – 10am – 12pm: Substance Abuse and Bias in Treatment, presented by Gloria Seel from Atlanticare

February 1st – 10am – 12pm: Recognizing Complex Family Dynamics, presented by Dr. C. Wayne Jones, The Center for Family Based Training

March 1st – 10am – 12pm: Special Considerations for LGBTQ+ Children and Youth, presented by Chelsea Sutphin, DCF

April 12th – 10am – 12pm: Rethinking Permanency for Teens, presented by Randi Mandelbaum, Rutgers Law

May 3rd – 10am – 12pm: The Impacts of Parental Incarceration, presented by Lauren Carlton, CASA of NJ

June 7th – 10am – 12pm: Community Resources Throughout New Jersey (free and low-cost activities and opportunities by county)

Human Trafficking Training Webinars – multiple dates:

Wilmington University is offering a variety of webinars on Human Trafficking the last Tuesday of every month.

Click the link to see the various webinars and to register

Wilmington University webinars

NJ Division on Civil Rights Trainings

DCR Anti-Discrimination Trainings

The New Jersey Division on Civil Rights (DCR) offers trainings aimed at preventing and addressing discrimination through its Education and Training Unit. These interactive sessions educate participants about their rights and responsibilities under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, the New Jersey Family Leave Act, the Fair Chance in Housing Act as well as raise awareness about current anti-bias issues.

All trainings are currently being offered for FREE to the public.

Click here to see the different trainings

CASA NJ is offering Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) training monthly.

These trainings are being offered through CASA NJ with experienced ACEs trainers throughout our network.

Here are the dates and the registration link . These will all be 2 hour virtual trainings.

Click here to register for any of the dates

February 7th – 12pm – 2pm

March 7th – 5:30pm – 7:30pm

April 4th – 12pm – 2pm

May 2nd – 5:30pm – 7:30pm

June 6th – 12pm – 2pm

CASA NJ is presenting the History of Race In Child Welfare training monthly:

We are excited to continue to provide the History of Race in Child Welfare (HRCW) Training by Dr. Spigner to all active volunteers across the network. All active volunteers are strongly encouraged to attend a HRCW training. Registration is on a first come-first serve basis, so we recommend that volunteers sign up ASAP for their desired session.

 Click here to see calendar to register for your chosen date

Check out this Webinar on Advancing Equity with the Family First Act presented by the Annie E Casey Foundation

The 60-minute session, hosted by the Annie E. Casey and William T. Grant foundations, includes discussion about:

  • How to ensure that all children and families can benefit from Family First program selections, despite a dearth of evidence-based programs focused on families of color.
  • Ways state and local agencies have engaged families and communities in designing a continuum of care that addresses the needs of young people of color and LGBTQ youth.
  • How to cultivate community support for programs that prevent the need for foster care or help kids grow up in families while in foster care.

Click here to access the webinar